How to Cook Blackfish with Curry Sauce

Print PDF This is a segment that appeared on Hooked and Fish & Hunt Australia last season - I cooked a blackfish caught by Dave Butfield using a store-bought Malaysian curry paste; the idea being that if you're out fishing and camping, you probably don't want to lug around huge amounts of fresh ingredients and utensils nor spend too much time » Read More

How to Prepare Ikan Bilis (Dried Anchovies)

Print PDF I remember when Delia Smith's cookbook came out back in the day and the scorn she received (in my household, to be fair) for her "How to Boil an Egg" tutorial - as we collectively ranted about its perceived redundancy - who doesn't know how to boil an egg?! Well, call this culinary karma if you will, but I've been compelled to produce » Read More

How to Make Chilli Paste Using Dried Chillies

Print PDF This is another one of my videos showing simple Asian food and ingredient preparation techniques. Until I started getting feedback from my Hangouts-on-Air it never really occurred to me that a large segment of my audience really aren't familiar at all with Asian ingredients, nor know how to use them. This series aims to bridge » Read More

How to Make Crispy Fried Shallots or Onions

Print PDF This is the first in my new series of Asian Cooking 101 - Tips and Techniques, and I'm starting off with how to make your own crispy fried onions or fried shallots. Click here to watch on YouTube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdQ2jxKzk4c I use the term interchangeably because they yield very similar results - you can » Read More

How to Make Laksa Nyonya in 15 Minutes

Print PDF There's a lot of confusion about what Laksa Nyonya is - and this is actually quite understandable in view of the fact that Penang's famous laksa - the sour, non-coconut milk version aka Asam (Assam) laksa is also Nyonya-influenced. For the record, my Laksa Nyonya refers to the laksa inspired by Melaka's nyonya culture. There are, » Read More

Crab Carnival at The Morrison

Print PDF I rarely attend media launches but decided I couldn’t pass up on the 2015 Crab Carnival held at the Morrison Bar and Oyster Room. I LOVE shellfish and especially crab, and I like supporting fellow chefs and food producers. I turned up with #babyNoah in tow (this is my M.O., FYI - meetings, travel, invitations - Noah is part of the » Read More

How to Cook Sarawak Foochow Noodles

Print PDF If there’s one revelation that stands out from the myriad of new discoveries in my Borneo trip, it is the influence of the Foochow dialect group in this part of the world. Prior to that I never knew much about Foochow people and their culture; back in Peninsular Malaysia it was broadly Cantonese in the south and Hokkien up north. On our » Read More

Recipe – Sarawak Empurau Fish

Print PDF The team at Four Points by Sheraton Kuching had pulled out all the stops to make our stay as comfortable as possible. As an example, although we arrived a couple of hours late due to flight delays, the entire marketing team along with Chef Liou were waiting to greet us as we pulled up at the entrance. This hospitality was displayed » Read More

Recipe – Sarawak Midin Salad with Dried Shrimp

Print PDF Preamble Even before we started filming the pilot of Asia: Food.Travel.Mystery, my collaborator and co-executive producer Robb Demarest and I had planned to scout out locations in Borneo - it has all the right mixes for our series  with its unique food, off-the-beaten-path travel and its intriguing and sometimes mysterious cultures. We » Read More

Travel Diary Sabah (Part 2)

Print PDF It was late by the time our transport pulled up to the Ocean Wing lobby of Shangri-la Rasa Ria where our arrival was greeted with the sound of traditional gongs. There are 2 Shangri-la resorts in KK, and Rasa Ria is the secluded one 45 minutes out of town. It also has its own Orang Utan sanctuary. The Shangri-la brand is known for its » Read More